Newport and vicinity recommendations for NYC foodies
We are driving up from NYC to Newport this labor day weekend and would appreciate your recommendations. Looking for must-go restaurants in the Newport vicinity - perhaps something iconic, unique, or a local institution. Not really going for the most expensive fancy French/New American type restaurant similar to those in NYC. Based on what I've read in these boards, here is my list so far:
-Flo's Clam Shack
-Scales and Shells
-Gary's Handy Lunch
-Ocean Coffee Roasters
-Pour Judgment / Yesterday's for drinks (looking for something like a local brewery or one with a good beer selection or one with a great atmosphere)
We would drive up on Friday and come back Sunday night. So we would have 2 breakfasts/brunches, 2 lunches, and 2-3 dinners (may stop in Mystic for Abbott's or New Haven for Louis Lunch or somewhere else on the way there or on the way back).
We would appreciate your tips/recommendations. Thanks!
Krystle, I can recommend, with a song in my heart, Gary's, Scales, and the Black Pearl. The first two are cash only. Scales wood grilled anything is usually good. A side of pasta is included. Side salads are small but very nice. Same the veggie kabob. Much of their fish is local from the boats you'll see between the buildings on Thames St. Gary's Handy Lunch is just down the street. Dineresque, and they will know you if you go more than once. I always get the Garden Omelet and it is always too much, Which is remarkable, because I can eat a lot.(Not entirely happy about that statement.) Only breakfast on Sunday. Annie's, on Bellevue, is another choice. And the Pearl is a classic. Their chowder is thick, creamy, and seasoned with dill, I think. The outside patio is nice in summer. We haven't been to Yesterday's for a long time, so I can't comment. I did, however, recently buy a bottle of wine from a Newport wine store with a picture of the Newport Bridge on the label. The name? Great White. Happy Labor Day.
I would choose The Mooring over Black Pearl.
And yes, it's high end but have lunch (not crazy-expensive) on the terraza of the Spiced Pear....you won't find a prettier view in Newport....you'll feel like a Vanderbilt.
Lower end still a great view.....the poolside bar at the Hyatt Goat Island, amazing view of the bridge....go at twilight to see it lit up.
If you want an romantic oceanside view. There is a restaurant on Ocean drive by the lighthouse, I believe its called the Chateau. Great food and atmosphere. Also in Bowens wharf there is a great restaurant called Twenty-Two Bowens. If you're into Thai, go to the Thai restaurant on thayer st. For a good guiness beer and burgers that won't bust your wallet, Griswold's on Belleview Avenue.
Asterick's - belgian/french brasserie
zelda's - best local restaurant IMO
Everday Gourmet - breakfast
Scales is "good" but always a zoo on weekends
Garys is a diner - food is OK but short on Newport charm
drinks at Chanler or Castle Hill on the lawn. dinner is expensive but drinks are ok
whatever you do make reservations before you get there or you will not be eating anywhere
Castle Hill has a great lunch (I was there 2 wks ago, we both loved our meals), it's a moderately-priced alternative, and you still get that great view and wonderful service.
Royron, it's almost an hour from downtown Newport to the Back Eddy....while I love their outdoor bar, I wouldn't leave all that Newport has to offer for the Back Eddy, esp not when just on a wkend visit.